DELAND, Fla. (March 27, 2011) - After having troubles getting the offense going in the first two games of the series, the ETSU baseball team exploded for 14 runs Sunday afternoon as the Bucs defeated 28th ranked Stetson 14-6 in the series finale at Melching Field in DeLand, Fla.
Junior Dak Rissman (West Palm Beach, Fla.) improved to 3-0 on the season after throwing 4.2 innings of relief for the Bucs (14-7, 6-4 A-Sun) limiting the Hatters to one run scattering four hits with two strikeouts.
Stetson starter Tucker Donahue was tabbed with the loss for the Hatters (20-5, 7-2 A-Sun) after surrendering four runs on four hits in 1.0 inning.
ETSU outhit Stetson 14-11 in the contest as third baseman Bo Reeder (Cookeville, Tenn.) was 4-for-6 with four RBI and right fielder Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) was 3-for-5.
The Bucs exploded for four runs in the top of the first to take an early 4-0 lead. Senior Paul Hoilman (Johnson City, Tenn.) got things going as he led off the inning with his fifth home run of the season. After two quick outs and walks to Derek Trent (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Green roped a double to left scoring two runs to make the score 3-0. Reeder capped off the scoring with an RBI single to left.
Stetson cut into the Buccaneer lead in the bottom of the second as Mark Jones came in to score on a Sean Emory single to bring the score to 4-1.
In the top of the third, ETSU blew the game wide open as the Bucs scored seven runs on six hits to take an 11-1 advantage. A Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) two-run single and a Trent thee-run homer highlighted the inning for the Bucs.
The Hatters answered with three runs in the bottom of the third after an RBI double by Robert Crews and a two-run home run by Nick Rickles to cut the lead to 11-4.
ETSU added a run in the fourth as Hoilman came in to score for the third time on the day on a ball hit to second by Trent to extend the Buccaneer lead to 12-4.
In the top of the sixth, after two walks and a Green single, Trent came in to score on a passed ball to increase the ETSU lead to 13-4.
Ben Carhart doubled in a run in the bottom of the seventh after a Crews single to make the score 13-5.
Reeder gave the Bucs a 14-5 edge in the ninth as he drove in his fourth run of the day singling in Doane from second.
The Hatters would add a run in the ninth on a solo home run by Ben Carhart to make the final 14-6.
The Bucs return to action on Friday at home against Florida Gulf Coast in a three-game conference series. For more information on ETSU baseball and all other Buccaneer athletic news please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.